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of peter. >> reporter: benedict seemed to many a reluctant pope, as cardinal ratzinger under john paul ii, he was known as a conservative guardian of church doctrine, opposing women priests, abortion and homosexuality. as pope, he inherited the church's biggest scandal in decades. revelations that priests had sexually abused children. he met with victims and apologized. >> for all, i express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these despicable crimes. >> reporter: for almost eight years, pope benedict met the most arduous demands of the modern papacy. today he said that will end in just 17 days. the pope will eventually move into a monastery for cloistered nuns in the vatican. officials say he will dedicate his time to prayer and reflection. brian? >> richard engel, thanks. >>> for a lot of american catholics, this pope was a man whose name they heard once a week at mass. a relative enigma compared to john paul ii, of course. an old fashioned man in modern times. and now the question for catholics and their church becomes what next. nbc's anne thompson is here with us, with part of
, especially considering that he comes after john paul ii, a man at 85 who was able to neither walk or speak really was mumble, towards the end of his life. pope benedict is saying i don't have it anymore. i don't have the strength anymore to bear the -- my mission to carry on the catholic church. >> claudio, is there concern or some speculation that there might be more to the story than that? is there some concern that in fact, there is some health situation that we are not aware of? >> there is a concern. pope benedict xvi has been weak. we never really got his health situation from the vatican. the vatican has always been very secretive about the health of any pope really. we don't really know the extent of the health problems that pope benedict xvi might be suffering right now. but certainly or hopefully we will get to know much more during the next hours. >> talk to me about how the process unfolds. i any a lot of us are familiar with what happens in the tragic event or unfortunate event that a pope passes away. but what would the process be like now if he has now told the world that
. neither john paul ii nor benedict were managers by nature. >> reporter: benedict's failures made public in documents leaked by his butler last year, laying out the betrayals and infighting in the vatican bureaucracy known as the cure ya, on securing the pope's message and hurting his efforts to revitalize the church. how much of that can be blamed on the kur rhea? >> i think most of it, frankly. >> reporter: george weigle, nbc's vatican analyst, says that leaves the next pope with a crucial task. >> he has to find someone who can clean house and who can make the cure ya an instrument of what we call the new eadvantage lizization now, an impediment to t. >> reporter: still up in the air, the date when the cardinals will actually start getting down to work to choose a new successor. currently, the conclave is scheduled to start some time between march 15th and march 20th, but the vatican says that date could be moved up. lester? >> anne thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> here in this country, port of the northeast are dealing with blizzard conditions for the second time in as many w
as the papacy became more demanding, thanks in part to energetic predecessor john paul ii. cardinal dolan on benedict's react. >> almost in the beginning he shrugged and said, boy, i don't know if i'm up to this, but with god's grace and mercy, i'll give it my best shot, and he's done well for eight years. >> a man in the full possession of his physical powers is going to be needed. >> reporter: the college of cardinals will choose, a heavy responsibility, said cardinal dolan. >> except for prayer, i don't know what else to do. i'll await instruction along with everybody else. >> reporter: he steps down february 28th. soon after the card landlords will elect the new pope, who will face something new, a living former pope looking over his shoulder. >> and we invite you to stay with us for more reaction to the pope stepping down. at 5:00, a local monsignor, who met the pope, worked at the vatican for four years, will share his thoughts. >>> the mother of that chicago teenager killed two days after performing at president obama's inauguration will have a special seat at tomorrow night's stev
at theological acome men, communication skill and knowledge of language. especial after john paul ii it's now taken that the pope should be the master of many languages. >> pope benedict will step down february 28th citing age and health reasons. the vatican says the pope has a pacemaker and its batteries were changed in secret just a few months ago. >>> many people are taking guesses as who will become the new pope. cardinal peter turkson tops it with the odds of first black pope. cardinal mark ole leet. and cardinal francis arinze. >>> all bets are off when it comes to folks in the northeast still digging out after this weekend's blizzard. residents in brook haven long island said they haven't seen a single snowplow. some people have been stuck in their homes for days. they called officials outraged about the lack of help. but the town supervisor, get this, is on vacation. and the head of the highway department is out sick monday. >>> they did get a lot of snow there. tom's here to tell us what to expect of our weather in the next day or two. >> might be get a little bit tomorrow. not a lot
celebration, he did look weaker and weaker, but then he again he is an 85-year-old man. john paul ii before him was even in worse shape and he did not resign. nobody was really expecting him to resign or abdicate, as was said in a previous conversation. so, it did come as a surprise, for sure. we have, just right here at the vatican right now in st. peter's square, there are a few faces that express his belief when asked what the cameras are all about. i'm telling them that the pope is about to resign. nobody can really believe that because that is unprecedented in modern times. there was a pope in the 13th century that resigned but certainly this hasn't happen ed >> there is concern that this is more than just a pope aging, that there are more health concerns. have you heard anything like that? >> reporter: there are a lot of allegations, of course, in the house of pope benedict xvi, a lot of rumors going around in the past few months that he wasn't doing so well. but as usual as ever with the vatican, it's always very fickle to get complete and full survey on the actual health of the pope
. this is an 85-year-old man with a lot of respond, of course, but still his predecessor john paul ii, he was very ill, and unable to walk, unable to speak, evening, and he still carried on until he died. well, pope benedict xiv decided to go against almost every rule as the last pope that resigned was in the 13th century, and decide the to just give away to a younger pope that may be has got more strength and stamina to carry on with the church's mission. >> the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception is the largest roman catholic church on this continent right here in northeast washington. >> jim rosenfield has reaction from the pope's news from the spiritual leaders of washington's catholics. jim? >> reporter: cardinal wuehrl expressing surprise. he got the call telling him the pope plans to abdicate coming up just a a little over two weeks from today i want my first reaction. was it's very startling, totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. this will be the first time in modern history that we've had a pope
down as the papacy became more demanding, thanks in part to energetic predecessor john paul ii. new york's cardinal timothy dolan on benedict's reaction. >> almost, i don't know if i'm up to this, but with god's grace and mercy i'll give it my best shot, and he's done it well for almost eight years. >> that is a man in the full possession of his physical powers is going to be needed. >> reporter: the college of cardinals will choose, a heavy responsibility says cardinal don dolan. >> i'll await instructions like everyone else. >> reporter: pope benedict says he steps down february 28th. >> reporter: they'll elect a new pope who will face something new, a living former pope looking over his shoulder. i'steve handelsman, news4. >> thanks, steve. the archbishop of washington is one of the ten american cardinals who will vote on benedict's sikzor. even can cardinal wuehrl was surprised. >> reporter: as you mentioned, among those caught off-guard, the leader of catholic right here in the d.c. area. none more surprised than cardinal donald wurl as he worked on his upcoming ash wednesday h
of state. neither john paul ii nor benedict were managers by nature. >> reporter: benedict's failures, made public in documents leaked by his butler last year laying out betrayals and in-fighting in the vatican bureaucracy. obscuring the pope's message and hurting his records to revitalize the church. how much of that can be blamed on the curiae? >> most of it, frankly. >> reporter: george weibel says it leaves the next pope with a crucial task. >> he has to find someone who can clean house and make the curiae an instrument of what we call the new evan gelzation, not an impediment to it. >> that was anne thompson reporting. the pope's message in spanish caused speculation that a he wants his successor to come from latin america because he asked them to pray for him and the future pope in spanish. >> a second helping for snow in the northeast this weekend. snow fell from pittsburgh to rhode island. slick road conditions caused the crash that killed one person in pennsylvania. many in new england were still digging out from the blizzard a week ago when the second storm hit. rhode island got u
of language. after john paul ii it's now taken for granted that the pope shubd a master of many language s. you also look for skill and organization. the pope manages a large bureaucracy. there's a great need for reform of that. but i go back primarily, someone who is an effective evangelizer in today's society. >> first off, cardinal francis arinze. >> i would be surprised if he is elected pope just given his age. pope benedict was 78 when he was elected now is resigning because of old age. cardinal arinze is already 80. he is a bit of a television personality, especially in the english speaking world, he has become well known. very articulate. charming, funny man. he is also involved in the interreligious dialogue for many years, which would make him an attractive figure. >> cardinal peter terkurkson is getting a lot of attention. age 64, so not a problem there. >> yeah. he speaks perfect english, has a sense of the international church. he is also the head of the council for peace and justice. very involved in economic and political issues, but leans a bit left in terms of the mainstray
-90 at the verizon center. the clippers were out chris paul and blake griffin who injured his hamstring during warmups. john wall had 13 point and 8 assists. it snaps a four-game losing streak. the knicks come to town tomorrow might. >>> were you shocked when the lights went out at the super bowl. we've learned that the agency that oversees released a memo saying they had some decay and a chance of failure. the company that powers the superdome expressed some concern. investigators are still trying to fige out the exact cause of sunday night's 34-minute blackout. that power outage helped twitter reach a record number of tweets during the super bowl. the social media website reports the game generated 24.1 million tweets. that's up from 13.7 million last year. officials with twitter say that number does not include tweets about the commercials. >>> cbs could be in a little trouble with the fcc over the broadcast of the super bowl because of a little incident moments after the game. >> [ bleep ]. >> awesome. >> that was ravens quarterback yoe flacco and needless to say that beep wasn't there dur
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